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After the president of Lindenwood University's Belleville campus was dismissed, several Belleville officials started worrying that the campus was in trouble.
Beth Hundsdorfer | St. Louis Public Radio

After Lindenwood University unexpectedly dismissed the leaders of its two campuses, several people — especially at the Belleville location — have been left to wonder what the departures mean.

The city of Belleville made a $3 million taxpayer commitment to Lindenwood University’s Belleville campus. So it’s understandable that Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert was concerned about the future of the campus when Lindenwood Belleville President Brett Barger was placed on administrative leave Nov. 1 without explanation.

The community’s concern was evident in several emails obtained by St. Louis Public Radio under an Illinois Freedom of Information Act request.

Lindenwood University Fires President

Feb 10, 2019
The Lindenwood University board of trustees voted Friday to fire university system president Michael Shonrock (left).In this 2015 photo, Shonrock is shaking hands with Brett Barger, who was the president of Lindenwood University-Belleville until Jan. 22.
File photo | Belleville News-Democrat

Less than a month after the president of Lindenwood University-Belleville left the college after being placed on administrative leave, the university’s board of trustees on Friday voted to fire the president of the university based in St. Charles, Mo.

Michael Shonrock, who had been president of the Lindenwood University System since 2015, was fired by the board but had not yet been given a reason for the termination, according to his attorney, Jerry Dobson.

A Second Lindenwood University President Goes On Leave

Feb 6, 2019
The Lindenwood University board of trustees voted Friday to fire university system president Michael Shonrock (left).In this 2015 photo, Shonrock is shaking hands with Brett Barger, who was the president of Lindenwood University-Belleville until Jan. 22.
File photo | Belleville News-Democrat

Two weeks after the president of Lindenwood University-Belleville officially left his post after going on administrative leave, the president of St. Charles, Mo.-based Lindenwood University System has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Michael Shonrock told the university’s student publication Lindenlink that he was placed on leave Tuesday and not given a reason for the decision in a letter from Dr. J. Michael Conoyer, the chairman of the Lindenwood University Board of Trustees.